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Why does my computer randomly switches to desktop screen when playing games?

post #1 of 9
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Its been doing this for several months and it is getting very annoying. I would be in the middle of a game and my computer switches to the desktop screen and i have to manually click the game icon on my taskbar to continue my game. how do i fix this?
post #2 of 9
is it showing you something? as a msg are anything?
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
nope it just switches to wath ever screen that is showing (usually my browser)
post #4 of 9
hmmm i'm sorry im no help here idk if it displayed a msg its a different story sorry
post #5 of 9
What drivers have you been using for these last few months.

I had a similar issue with the 8.97 12.4 drivers. These are the beta as opposed to the 8.96 which were the official 12.4. It seems that the game would lose focus... and this was in games were alt-tabbing worked right, but in the ones that it didn't, the game would just crash.

Is your GPU overclocked?
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i have no clue which drivers i'm using and have no idea how to check them. every time the screen changes sometimes i could reenter the game and sometimes it would just crash.
post #7 of 9
Well, I would say that lack of knowledge would be part of the issue to begin with. Just cause you could probably have extremely outdated drivers... or it could be something totally different, that you just don't know to look for. That's the one thing with PC gaming, that it's a lot more hands on and not just simple stick disk in and play as consoles are.

My only suggestion is to start by updating your drivers to the latest version and then go from there.

Latest version is 12.6 and can be downloaded from here. http://support.amd.com/us/Pages/AMDSupportHub.aspx

Just fill out the info on the right side to get to the driver you need. Let us know how it goes! thumb.gif
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post #8 of 9
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which driver should i download? there are two drivers that are at 12.6 and one at 12.7
post #9 of 9
Latest version is 12.6 while the 12.7 isa BETA... which means that it is in testing phase and could have some bugs. I think you should stick to the official 12.6.
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